Annual Dinner and Competition

Annual Dinner and Competition

Location:  The Club at Nevillewood, 1000 Nevillewood Dr., Presto, PA, 15142

Date: Sunday September 25th  at 4:00 pmNevillewood

Price: $50.00 member/non-member

Schedule of Events

12:30 pm – 4:00 pm             Certified Picture Framer® Exam

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm               Event Registration and Meet and Greet

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm               Speaker Carol Graham:

This PowerPoint presentation focuses on pricing formulas for moulding, matboard and glass. Learn which formulas are better and which to avoid. Leave behind old pricing formulas that are out-dated and learn about new options available to you. Whether you use a computer or write up your orders by hand, these pricing methods can be applied to your business. As well, you will be able to identify where you are in your ‘Evolution of Pricing’ and what is your next step would be.

5:45 pm – 6:45 pm              Buffet Dinner: Salads, Steak, Salmon, Chicken, Pasta, Rice, Vegetable and Dessert. (cash bar)

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm              International PRINT (“Grandma’s Buttons”) and OPEN Framing Competition winners announced, Door Prize Giveaway.

Carol Graham Bio:  Carol Graham

Carol is the director of Customer Relations and Training for FrameReady software. She is an accredited trainer who has been educating framing professionals for the past 18 years on how to manage their businesses with FrameReady. She also provides assistance to frame shops and galleries in setting up their pricing systems.  Carol is a speaker at various events and author of the PPFA webinar, “The Evolution of Pricing”. She has taken extensive training within the picture framing industry to give her a solid background in pricing structures and strategies. Carol is currently Secretary for the PPFA International Board of Directors.

Please note there are three available areas of registration…. Dinner, PRINT & OPEN Competition, and CPF Exam.

Annual Dinner

[enter quantity during checkout, and please be sure to list each attendees’ name directly under your name and contact information during the PAYPAL checkout.]

Chapter PRINT & OPEN Competition

Please click the appropriate selection below to enter the Competition. Entry fee is $30.00 for PRINT and $30.00 for OPEN.

Pieces must be dropped off between 10:00 am – 11:00 am at The Club at Nevillewood, 1000 Nevillewood Dr., Presto, PA, 15142  or shipped to Frame Gallery Inc. 1001 Main Street, Sharpsburg, PA  15215 [please inform Chris Rojik if you plan on shipping your piece to Frame Gallery Inc.  call 412-784-9289 or email Chris]

PRINT Competion

OPEN Competion


CPF Exam

We are excited to offer the Certified Picture Framer® exam during the event.  It will be held from 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm.  The cost per member is $225.00.  Please follow the steps below to register.

  1. Go to and login
  2. Click on PPFA Online Store
  3. Top right “Select a Catalog” and choose “Certifications”
  4. Find the free CPF® Study Guide and pay for the exam

Friday September 16st, 2016 at 5:00 pm

Accommodations near The Club at Nevillewood:

Hampton Inn – Bridgeville:

Holiday Inn Express – Bridgeville:


Scenes from “A Day of Conservation”

We had a great event on June 6th. Below are some pictures from the day. Thanks again to Barb Conner and William Adair for their informative presentations. Congratulations to Jeff L., he won the raffle for the FREE PPFA Convention Pass.


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Thank You Mark from LeWinter Moulding for sponsoring lunch.

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A Day of Conservation Monday, June 6, 2016


A Day of Conservation
Monday, June 6th


Sponsored by the

Professional Picture Framers Association

The PPFA Allegheny Chapter hosts “A Day of Conservation” at the Museum Conservation Center on June 6 in Pittsburgh, PA. Join frame historian William Adair and Conservation Services Manager Barb Conner as they present educational seminars followed by a tour of the Heinz History Center Museum Conservation Center.

09:00 – 09:30……..Check-in
09:30 – 11:30……..William Adair National Treasures

11:30 – 12:30……..Lunch Sponsored by LeWinter Moulding
12:45 – 1:25………Conservation Center Presentation
1:35 – 2:30…………Tour of the Heinz History Center

2:30….. Free time to visit the Three Rivers Arts Festival

National Treasures


9:30-11:30 AM

William Bruce Adair

Frame conservator, historian, and master gilder William Adair will present his seminar “National Treasures,” which focuses on America’s most important frames. Go back in time as he highlights some of our national treasures as well as how we came to acquire them, where they are located, and the fascinating stories behind each of them. Whether their significance is political, symbolic, or one of a kind, you’ll see how these frames come to life and tell their stories. Join William on this entertaining journey through history as he uncovers our national treasures.

William Bruce Adair received his B.F.A. in Studio Art from the University of Maryland in 1972. For the next 10 years he worked for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery as a museum conservator, specializing in the treatment of picture frames. In 1982 he formed Gold Leaf Studios to make frames and conserve gilded antiques. His clients have included the U.S. Department of State and the National Park Service. He is the founder of the International Institute for Frame Study, a non-profit archive dedicated to collecting and disseminating information on the history of frames. In 1991, he was awarded the Rome Prize in Design from The American Academy in Rome.

Museum Conservation Center Presentation


12:45 -1:25 PM – Barbara Conner  Conservation Services Manager

Museum insiders know that working at a museum presents exciting projects that involve complex materials and interesting backstories. We’ll share the detective work and discoveries which fuel our passion for art and science, which is where art conservation lives. Learn a few tricks of our trade:

• How we distinguish a painting from a print
• Avoiding disaster: the right time to stop, look, and call us for advice
• Benefits of the circle of conservation

We’ll also tour the museum annex and visible storage area, and follow on with a self-guided tour through the Senator John Heinz History Center.

Presented by Barb Conner, Museum Conservation Center Manager. Barb helps people connect with museum-quality conser­vation, and also teaches practical preservation of art, collectibles, and the stories they represent.


Museum Conservation Center
1221 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh 15222

The Museum Conservation Center

The Senator John Heinz History Center’s new Museum Conservation Center provides visitors with professional services and expert advice on how to properly preserve and care for family heirlooms. Whether you want to preserve a family photo album or your grandmother’s wedding dress, professional conservators with a variety of specialties – including documents, art, textiles, and objects – help ensure your precious artifacts last for years to come.

The nine-floor LEED Certified Green Building also houses the History Center’s artifact collection, which includes more than 32,000 artifacts. The new 55,000-square-foot storage space features Smithsonian-quality lighting, temperature, humidity, pest control, and security.

Sign Up Today!

Limited Seats Available – PPFA Members Save 20%

All-Day Pass   (includes both sessions and lunch)

$79 Before May 30
$85 After May 30

$99 Before May 30
$115 After May 30

Individual Sessions

Morning Session:
Members: $45
Non-Members: $55

Afternoon Session:
Members: $50
Non-Members: $60

Register Online at

Hotel Accommodations

Hampton Inn & Suites Pittsburgh-Downtown
1247 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15222, USA

Room rate of $169 if booked by 5/20/16

Use code: PPFA


2016 PPFA Convention & International Competition, Las Vegas

The 2016 Convention included a display from each chapter with the annual reception and vendor show. Our chapter had three board members present for the convention. Incoming president Chris Rojik and Cathy Scott did a great job of representing framers from the Allegheny Chapter.

The table Cathy & Chris

Scenes from the 2016 Internation PRINT and OPEN Competition

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Fall Framing Event Recap

PRINT Competition Winners
1st Place: Paul W. Rojik, CPF- Christopher J. Rojik, CPF- Paula Gannon, CPF, The Frame Gallery, Sharpsburg, PA

2nd Place: Diane Transue, CPF- Mark Transue, Transue’s Custom Framing, Kittanning, PA

3rd Place: Christian Harwell, Cyrus Custom Framing & Art Gallery, Canton, OH

Popular Choice: Diane Transue, CPF- Mark Transue, Transue’s Custom Framing, Kittanning, PA

OPEN Competition Winners
1st Place: Kathy Courtney, CPF – Jamie Laughlin, Courtney-Laughlin Frame Studio & Gallery, Beaver, PA 1500

2nd Place: Diane Transue, CPF – Mark Transue, Transue’s Custom Framing, Kittanning, PA

3rd Place: Paul W. Rojik, CPF – Christopher J. Rojik, CPF – Paula Gannon, CPF, The Frame Gallery, Sharpsburg, PA

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Fall Framing Celebration

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Sunday, October 18, 2015
1:00-7:30 PM

The Club at Nevillewood
1000 Nevillewood Drive
Presto, PA 15142
412 276 1000


Your paid receipt is your ticket for admission
It is not necessary to purchase a trade show pass if you are purchasing a meal or entering the a competition

Trade Show Pass $5.00
Email us for your free tickets!

Heinz History Center Presentation $5.00
by Ms. Barb Antel
Conservation Services Manager at the Heinz History Center
Email us for your free tickets!

LUNCH 12-1:00 PM
Sandwiches $15.00

All sandwiches are served with French fries, sweet potato fries, or mixed salad greens.
shaved turkey |crisp bacon | lettuce | tomato | Swiss cheese
 | choice of bread

grilled chicken breast | sautéed bell peppers and onions | 
pepper jack | diced tomato | sour cream | salsa | 
wrapped in a tomato flour tortilla


PITTSBURGH Salad $20.00
iceberg lettuce | cucumbers | tomato | mushrooms | egg halved 
French fries | cheddar cheese | 
choice of dressing
 | choice of grilled chicken or filet tips

Prices include gratuity & tax

Entrees (Select Below)
Chicken Parmesan
Honey & Soy Glazed Salmon
Marinated Grilled Flank Steak

Dinner includes Italian Wedding Soup, House Salad, Cheese Risotto, Green Bean Almandine & Desert
Price includes gratuity & tax
A cash bar is available

”Entree :

PRINT Competition $15.00

OPEN Competition $15.00

Vendor Table Registration $100